BNSF toils to cap off Transcon double-track work by year’s end

Crews are installing 10 miles of double track along the Southern Transcon route between Ellinor and Bazaar, Kansas. The work is slated for completion by year’s end. BNSF Railway Co.

Established by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in the 1880s and stretching about 2,200 miles, the Southern Transcon route is vital to BNSF Railway Co. It’s the primary route for the Class I’s intermodal franchise for containers moving between southern California and Chicago. That means capacity is key to ensure the Transcon’s infrastructure meets BNSF’s and shippers’ needs. Over the past few decades, the Class I has added long double-, triple- or quadruple-track stretches on the busiest parts of the Transcon or at chokepoints. Current double-track work is concentrated in the Emporia Subdivision, one of BNSF’s 11 subdivisions that’s named for the nearby city in Kansas.


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